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Mainpro+ Certification

Previously named Mainpro accreditation, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) released Mainpro+ certification on June 27, 2016. Please review the new Understanding Mainpro+™ Certification guide thoroughly. Failure to adhere to Mainpro+ guidelines may result in a delay in the review process or a rejection of the application for certification.

Certification ​Process Steps 

Step 1.  Please review the Quality Criteria Scoring Framework.

Step 2. For a continuing professional development program to achieve and retain Mainpro+ certification status, the planning, content and conduct of the program must adhere to Mainpro+ ethical standards. All individuals that are significantly involved in the planning of this program must familiarize themselves with the ethical requirements laid out in the guide as well as the Canadian Medical Association’s policy guidelines on physicians’ interaction with industries (linked) prior to beginning the planning process.

Step 3. All applications must be completed online. Go to and register for an account. Once logged in, click on the green ​"Enter New Application" button at the top right hand side.

Step 4. All presenters and members of the planning committee must submit a Conflict of Interest (COI) form. These CoI forms are to be submitted at the time of application submission. If presenters are not known during the time of application submission, CoI forms must be submitted at the stage of ethical review See Appendix 2 (page 68-74) in the guide for more information on this Conflict of Interest Declaration forms.

Step 5. Conduct a Needs Assessment. See Appendix 1 (page 65-67) in the guide.  The Needs Assessment process includes writing learning objectives for the program—more information on learning objectives can be found in Appendix 6 (page 87-89). 

Step 6.  Program evaluation is essential to a program becoming Mainpro+ certified. Please ensure an evaluation form is created to provide to all participants after the program session. See Appendix 4 (page 81-83) for the mandatory evaluation questions to include on the form.

*If you would like your program to achieve two or three credits per hour status, please ensure an outcome assessment is done.  Two credits must include the objective measurement of change in knowledge; three credits must include the objective measurement of change in performance of all participants. More information on this can be found on page 84 of the guide.

Step 7. Ensure all documents are submitted along with the application no later than 6 weeks before the program start date.

If you have any questions about the accreditation process, please email CPD staff at  or call 1-800-387-6197 +1, ext 560.


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